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Food for Thought: GenoPalate December Newsletter

Food for Thought: GenoPalate December Newsletter

Just Discovered


These recently published nutrigenomics studies reveal interesting information about how our genes affect the way we process food. Read on to learn more about the newest discoveries in nutrition.


According to a new study, if you or anyone you know has struggled with losing weight, you may be overestimating the healthfulness of your diet. 

The study looked into the diets of 116 participants who were seeking weight loss. They first met with dietitians to discuss their intake and then went on to track their intake for a year. They then weighed themselves daily alongside tracking their physical activity. 


Overall, participants that were aiming to change their dietary habits for weight loss showed more tendency to overestimate how healthy their diet was. This is important because it could lead to increased weight rather than weight loss. The findings also show the importance of more frequent check-ins and counseling sessions with health care providers, such as dietitians, in order to ensure more long-term changes toward healthy eating habits. 


You can read more about the study here



Fast Fact: 


For many, tarragon is often overlooked for everyday cooking. But did you know that it has many health benefits, including the potential to reduce blood sugar, inflammation, and pain? It also aids in sleep, increased appetite, and heart health. 



You’ve Got Questions? We’ve Got Answers! 


Q: My GenoPalate report gave me the recommendation of a higher carbohydrate intake. I thought that having too many carbohydrates would be bad. Are there certain carbohydrates I should be focusing on? 


A: Because of the low-carb and keto craze, carbohydrates tend to get a bad rap. However, carbohydrates are our bodies' primary fuel source. When people think of carbohydrates, they often think of highly refined carbohydrates such as pastries, chips, and white bread. While these are carbohydrates, they provide little nutrient value. But there are many carbohydrate sources that actually do provide beneficial nutrients! 


These are called complex carbohydrates. They contain longer chains of sugar molecules compared to simple carbohydrates. All forms of carbohydrates are converted to glucose in the body to be used as energy; however, complex carbohydrates take longer to break down and provide more sustained energy. Complex carbohydrates, such as legumes, oats, starchy veggies, fruit, and whole grains, are packed with beneficial nutrients such as fiber, so they are also more filling. 



Trends for Foodies


Discover the hottest trends in the food industry that affect the way we look at—and eat—food!


As 2022 comes to a close, we begin to hypothesize what trends 2023 will bring! Since reducing food waste will continue to be a top priority for many in the new year, it is predicted that repurposing the pulp from nondairy milk will be a new trend. Many people have switched from cow’s milk dairy to nondairy alternatives such as almond milk, coconut milk, and oat milk. These alternatives leave behind byproduct that is often wasted. Brands are beginning to utilize these byproducts by creating new products like alternative flours, baking mixes, and hummus. Be on the lookout for these new innovative products! 



Fast Fact: 


Cabbage may sound like a vegetable that is void of nutrients; however, cabbage is actually a wonderful source of fiber, folic acid, potassium, vitamin A, and vitamin C. It can be a great addition to most soups and salads! 


What’s Cooking?


Each month, we will be highlighting a few seasonal recipes. Happy cooking!


If you’re looking for a warm, hearty, yet nutritious dish, try this wild rice pilaffrom Love and Lemons!  


Nutrition:

Servings: 4 servings

Serving size: 1 Serving

Calories: 469

Fat: 20g

Carbohydrates: 68g

Fiber: 8g

Protein: 9g


If you are looking to warm up with a soup, this Tuscan white bean kale soup from Minimalist Baker is a great option! 


Nutrition:

Servings: 5

Serving size: 1.5 Cups

Calories: 303

Fat: 10.9g

Carbohydrates: 40.4g 

Fiber: 11.7g

Protein: 11.3g



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